Ubuntu – PHP script not executing on Apache server


I have just reinstalled Apache and PHP5 but when I visit my doc root it just downloads a "download" file. And when I try documentroot/index.php it just downloads the PHP file.

I have PHP installed but Apache doesn't seem to want to execute it.
People suggested adding a 'Load Module' line to my httpd.conf but I don't have that file.

Best Answer


sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5

will install everything you need and will start the apache server with support for PHP.

To verify that the php module is loaded, type:

a2query -m php5

if not enabled, then load with:

sudo a2enmod php5

and restart apache:

sudo service apache2 restart

Update for php7.x (tested on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 18.04, 18.10)

Thanks to the comments, I update the answer for php7.x.


sudo apt-get install apache2 php7.x libapache2-mod-php7.x 


a2query -m php7.x


sudo a2enmod php7.x

Restart apache:

sudo service apache2 restart
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